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No matter where you live in the seven-county metro area, if you drive a car, you will eventually get stuck in traffic on Interstate 494. It is one of the region’s most vibrant, growing areas with the Mall of America, the airport, hotels, businesses — even IKEA. Trucking and freight associati…

I was 14 years old in 1980 when John Anderson, an Illinois Congressman and independent candidate for president, visited my middle school. Bright-eyed and a bit naive, it was the first time I’d ever seen a politician — those men in suits on television — in real life.

The assignment for the fifth-graders at Excelsior Elementary School was a fun one, but somewhat complex: Build a machine, often referred to as a Rube Goldberg machine, that could transport a gift from Stuart Little, the talking mouse of book and movie fame, from one point to another.

It was just before Christmas that a massive overhaul of our nation’s tax code was passed into law. This reform plan, the first in over 30 years, is a major victory for our economy, our state and for the country. It will create more jobs, boost paychecks for employees, and put more money in p…

The so-called economic “recovery” since the Great Recession has not worked for many Americans. It certainly hasn’t worked for a lot of Minnesotans who have, or are at risk of having, a lower standard of living than their parents. Too many are living paycheck to paycheck and just feel like th…

Editor's note: Timothy Dorway, former principal of Chanhassen High School, pleaded guilty to seven counts of possession of child pornography at Carver County District Court June 1. As part of the plea agreement, Dorway will be sentenced to five years and pay a $500 fine. Dorway will be able …

Editor's note: The following article was written by Marissa Endres of Victoria. Marissa attends Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria, and wrote this article about taking the Paisley Park when it first opened for tours. She wrote about the experience for the HFCHS student newspaper, T…

There are so many amazing birds in this great big world. I recently wrapped up one of my best springs, photographically speaking, in many, many years. I had the extreme pleasure to study and photograph a wide variety of birds this season. Many were of nesting birds, which only underscored th…

It’s early in April 1965. I’m in my home at 111 Maple Street. I’m ironing the freshly laundered kitchen curtains, preparing for a family meal and get-together to celebrate one of our son’s confirmation this coming Sunday.

Editor’s note: During the 1965 flood, one of the key efforts was to save the newly finished Carver County Courthouse, on Beech Street in Chaska. The courthouse was saved, with a lot of sandbagging help from area teenagers. Cliff Johnson remembers that effort.

Each year, countless people -- all well-intentioned -- make a New Year’s resolution to try to do something to improve their lifestyle for the better. For many people that resolution includes, “go the gym more” or “get more exercise.”

Each year, countless people -- all well-intentioned -- make a New Year’s resolution to try to do something to improve their lifestyle for the better. For many people that resolution includes, “go the gym more” or “get more exercise.”